Top Choice Seafood in La Serena


An excellent beachfront location, art-covered walls and a smooth soundtrack are the foundations for this laid-back but elegant seafood restaurant. Good value set lunches, a wide menu and carefully prepared sushi pla…
Chilean in La Serena

Daniela II

Cheerful local favorite serving hearty portions of Chilean comfort food. It gets packed at lunchtime, when set menus start at CH$1500.
Parrilla in La Serena

Donde El Guatón

El Guatón prepares sizzling parrilladas (grilled meats) right before your hungry eyes. The characterful dining area is hung with flowers and chandeliers made from old bicycle wheels. The weekday set lunch menu is gr…
Restaurant in La Serena

El Nuevo Peregrino

This cool little corner restaurant and bar serves up down-home mainstays and sandwiches in a series of colorful rooms, and stays open late on weekends, when the music gets loud and cocktails and wine flow.
Parrilla in La Serena

Casona del 900

Inside an old beer factory, this high-ceilinged steakhouse with a glassed-in garden oozes ambiance and packs in meat-loving locals for its good-value barbecues (CH$18,900 for two, with wine).
International in La Serena


With several side rooms looking onto the inner courtyard with a giant palm tree, this old casona serves up good value meat and seafood dishes, a range of healthy sandwiches and live music on some nights.
Vegetarian in La Serena


A short walk from the plaza, this little vegetarian oasis serves some fantastic set lunches, delicious fresh juices and innovative sandwiches and salads in a shady garden setting or laid-back dining room.
International in La Serena

El Santo

Perched up on a hillside, this large indoor/outdoor setup serves up some tasty pizzas along with some of the best steak dishes in town. A range of craft beers and a small but well-selected wine list are also on offe…
International in La Serena

Café Colonial

This buzzy tourist-friendly restaurant serves up anything from breakfasts and burgers to pizzas and pancakes. It's used to accommodating kids, vegetarians and non-Spanish speakers. Grab a sidewalk table.
Cafe in La Serena

Coffee Express

Oversized glass-and-plastic coated coffee shop serving java and offering 2-for-1 drinks from 4pm daily.